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Tailgate Heros: Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots

Tailgate Heros: Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots
Be forewarned. If you make these,they will disappear quickly! But that's okay. Tailgating is all about sharing food and good times, right? Bacon Wrapped Tater Tots Makes 4 appetizer servings 16 frozen tater tots 8 slices THIN bacon, cut in half sideways 2 Tbsp turbinado sugar 1 tsp season salt ¼ tsp cayenne pepper Mix the sugar, salt and cayenne pepper together thoroughly. Sprinkle about half of the rub on top of the bacon strips. Top each half strip with 1 tot and roll up. Place seam side down on a raised rack or a tray. Sprinkle the rest of the seasoning mix over the assembled tots. Preheat your oven or grill to 450f. Cook the bacon snuggled tots until the bacon turns crispy, about 20 minutes. Don't be alarmed if the bacon goes “boa constrictor” on a few of your tots and squeezes the heck out of them. Serve with your favorite BBQ sauce, spicy ketchup, or other dipping sauce. These also go great with a grilled steak burger. Perfect for tailgating or “just because”.

Two Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake This, friends, is where procrastination gets me. I was staring at the computer, mired in writers’ block. I clicked on that Stumble button I installed in my toolbar but never use. Oh look! A new webpage has popped up! The chocolate:peanut butter ratio wasn’t quite right, and so I made the cake chocolate with a spoonful of cocoa. Chocolate chips are a must – they turn into gooey pockets of melted chocolate in the finished product. Butter or spray a ramekin, or do it right in a mug. It took mine a minute to cook, rather than 30 seconds. Note to self: pick up some vanilla ice cream. Two Minute Chocolate Peanut Butter Cakewith thanks to Cassie of Back to Her Roots! Peanut butter AND portable? The Brownie That Will Change Your Life Let me start off by saying that viewer discretion is advised for today’s post. OK now with the story that preludes possibly the greatest brownie I have ever sunk my teeth in thus far in my life. Last Saturday Mrs. Zesty had a baby shower to attend and she was designated for a dessert/sweet treat for the girls. Last week was a bit of a zoo and I think I forgot about prepping this dessert until Friday afternoon at work. I knew time was tight and I didn’t want to spend all night Friday night to prep a dessert. This recipe, I cannot take any credit for and nor will I try as it is compliments of Nestle Toll House and as you can see from the reviews…. Ingredients 1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) chocolate cake mix1 cup chopped nuts ( Optional )1 cup Evaporated Milk1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, melted35 (10-oz. pkg.) caramels, unwrapped2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) Method Preheat oven to 350° F.Combine cake mix and nuts in large bowl. Drop remaining batter by heaping teaspoon over caramel mixture. Thanks zesty

Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies « Betchacanteatjustone's Blog This just may be my new favorite Chocolate Chip Cookie. It’s made with butter AND cream cheese. It’s dense, chewy, chocolatey and very delicious. I had half a package of cream cheese that needed to be used up and I really wanted chocolate chip cookies so I figured surely there must be a recipe… a quick google blog search led me to baking blonde and a really delicious recipe that’s definitely being added to my regular cookie repertoire! Cream Cheese Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from BakingBlonde 4 oz cream cheese, softened (recipe called for 5-6 but I only had 4)3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled1 cup brown sugar1/2 cup granulated sugar2 tsp vanilla extract1/2 tsp baking soda1/2 tsp salt2 cups plus 3 tbsp all purpose flour1 1/2 cups semi sweet chocolate chips Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line baking sheets with parchment Cream together the butter, cream cheese and sugars until light and fluffy. Sift together dry ingredients and then add them to the butter mixture. Enjoy!

Bacon and Cheese Wrapped Tater Tots with Tabasco | Bacon & Cheese Wrapped Tater Tots with Tabasco Game Day is almost here, and the best thing about game day (besides watching those guys in tight pants running around the field with a football) is definitely the food… comfort food of all sorts… food you’re willing to sacrifice extra time at the gym for… food that you only treat yourself to once a year on Super Bowl Sunday. A Super Bowl party wouldn’t be quite right without comfort food, would it? I’ve got a quick and easy appetizer recipe for you that requires only 4 ingredients: bacon, tater tots, cheddar cheese and TABASCO® Original Red. Are you a fan of Tabasco? Here’s the how-to: The key ingredients: frozen tater tots, Tabasco sauce, sharp cheddar cheese and center-cut bacon. These are so easy to assemble. Place a partially defrosted tater tot onto the bacon. Cut a slit into the center of the tater tot. Slide a chunk of sharp cheddar cheese into the middle. Give it a good sprinkle of Tabasco Sauce. Wrap the bacon tightly around.

French Onion Mac & Cheese | Cake, Batter, and Bowl | Cake, Batter, and Bowl Umm, so if you’re watching your weight, you may want to click back to the last page you viewed right about now…. I tend to cook healthy dishes most of the time, but decided to go all in on this one and it was so worth it! I was in the mood for some comfort food this week, and my cute little French Onion Soup bowls were begging to be used again, so I dreamed up this French Onion Mac & Cheese! Uh huh, cavatappi pasta mixed with a creamy fontina, asiago, and mascarpone cheese sauce and a healthy dose of caramelized onions (which just make everything better!). French Onion Mac & Cheese Printable Recipe Ingredients: 6 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 3 large yellow onions, sliced (9 cups) 1 pound cavatappi pasta 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 1/2 cups milk (I used 2%) 2 cups shredded fontina cheese 2 cups shredded asiago cheese 8 ounces mascarpone cheese 1 teaspoon salt 2 cups croutons 3 cups shredded gruyere cheese Meanwhile, prepare pasta according to package directions.

Almost-Famous Bloomin' Onion Recipe : Food Network Kitchens See how to slice a Bloomin' OnionCombine all of the dip ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate.Slice the onion (see below). Whisk the flour, cayenne, paprika, thyme, oregano, cumin and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a bowl. In a small deep bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and 1 cup water.Place the onion in a separate bowl, cut-side up, and pour all of the flour mixture on top. Cover the bowl with a plate, then shake back and forth to distribute the flour. Check to make sure the onion is fully coated, especially between the "petals."

7 Healthy Dinners in Under 30 Minutes Taco Salad Depending on the type of salsa you use, this salad will vary in heat. Some like it hot, some do not. To please everyone, make it mild and put a bottle of your favorite hot sauce on the table. Serves: 4 (1 cup filling & 2 cups salad each) Preparation time: 30 minutes Ingredients 1/2 cup prepared salsa 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream 1 teaspoon canola oil 1 medium onion, chopped 3 cloves garlic, minced 1 pound 93%-lean ground turkey 2 large plum tomatoes, diced 1 14-ounce can kidney beans, rinsed 2 teaspoons ground cumin 2 teaspoons chili powder 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 8 cups shredded romaine lettuce 1/2 cup shredded sharp Cheddar cheese Preparation 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. Enjoy! Nutrition Facts Per serving: 356 calories 14 g fat (5 g sat, 1 g mono) 81 mg cholesterol 26 g carbohydrate33 g protein 10 g fiber 618 mg sodium 763 mg potassium Nutrition Bonus: vitamin A (150% Daily value), vitamin C (60% DV), folate (53% DV), iron (25% DV), potassium (22% DV) Want more? Going on a diet?

Caramel Brownie Cheesecake This is a monkeyhead concoction so please don’t be disappointed with me that it’s not 100% homemade. Sometimes as a mom you have to go with your childrens ideas in order to lift their creative wings. Monkey One loves cheesecake and caramel, Monkey Two has a passion for brownies you put the two of these knuckleheads together and look at what they come up with… Caramel Brownie Cheesecake. You gotta love the way these boys think. To see their vision come to fruition we used one of our favorite brownie mixes, a no bake white chocolate cheesecake recipe from Williams-Sonoma and we tried Jamie’s homemade caramel recipe from My Baking Addiction. M2 loves his brownie mix above because while I’m at work he can whip up a batch with my surfer and feel like he has stepped out of his sous chef role into the postion of head honcho. While the boys made the brownie mix I lined a springform pan with parchment paper. Once the brownie mix was in the oven we moved on to making Jamie’s caramel. Voila!

7 Romantic Meals For $10 Or Less Creating a romantic meal at home is a somewhat bigger challenge than your standard Monday-night fare. Especially if you haven’t yet cooked for this significant other — or, if you’re in a long-term relationship, haven’t cooked for them often. And especially when the occasion in question is Valentine’s Day. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to up to romance factor, either overtly (like aphrodisiac ingredients and candles on the table) or covertly (that valentine’s favorite dish). Cooking together can also be a ton of fun for a date. Frugal Foodie recommends sticking to what you know, and what you know your sweetheart will like. We talked to chefs, home cooks and other relationship experts about their go-to date meals. There are appetizers, main courses, desserts and even a next-day breakfast, all for under $10 to prepare. Oyster with Spicy Vinaigrette and Apples Cost: $8.37 for half a dozen oysters, or $1.40 apiece. Strawberry-Tangerine Salad Cost: $5.36, or $2.68 per serving. Chicken Madeira